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Gender: F Meaning of Betsy: "pledged to God" Origin of Betsy: Diminutive of Elizabeth

This Elizabeth nickname has a decidedly retro feel--think Betsy Ross and the Betsy Wetsy doll-- once seen as a perkier, younger-sounding alternative to Betty. But with Betty on the brink of a comeback, pigtailed Betsy could return as well.

Betsy's height of popularity was from the forties to the sixties, when she was likely to be the radio, film or TV teenaged daughter.

Betsy, spelled Betsey, was a Dickens favorite, appearing in both David Copperfield (in which Aunt Betsey had wanted David to be named after her had he been a girl) and The Pickwick Papers.

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Famous People Named Betsy

Elizabeth Griscom "Betsy" Ross, figure in the American Revolution
Elisabeth Dee "Betsy" DeVos, 11th U.S. Secretary of Education
Elizabeth Helen "Betsy" McCaughey, American politician, former lieutenant governor of New York
Betsy Brandt, American actress
Betsy Blair (born Elizabeth Winifred Boger), American actress
Betsy Yoder, American reality TV personality ("Breaking Amish: LA")
Betsy Ruth, ring name of MaryKate Duignan Glidewell, American pro wrestler
Betsy Palmer (born Patricia Betsy Hrunek), American actress
Betsy Morgan, American Broadway actress
Betsy Wolfe, American Broadway actress
Betsy Joslyn, American actress and singer
Lucia ElizabethBetsy″ Balcombe Abell, friend of Napoleon I during his exile at Saint Helena
Betsy Nagelsen, American tennis player
Betsy King, American pro golfer
Elizabeth Earle "Betsy" Rawls, American pro golfer
Betsy May Randle, American actress

Pop Culture References for the name Betsy

Betsy Warrington Ray, main character in the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace
Betsy Kelso, daughter of Michael Kelso on TV's "That 70's Show"
Betsy, character in the movie "Taxi Driver"
Betsy Hopper, character in movie "Betsy's Wedding"
Betsy Cramer, character on TV soap "One Life to Live"
Betsy Stewart, character on TV soap "As the World Turns"
Betsy aka Bet, character in "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens
Betsy Butterbur, character in film The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Betsy Bobbin, character in L. Frank Baum's Oz books
Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock aka Psylocke, Marvel comics character
"The Betsy," 1978 film

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